DNA barcodes combined with multi-locus data of representative taxa can generate reliable higher-level phylogenies

Gerard Talavera, Vladimir Lukhtanov, Naomi Pierce & Roger Vila
Taxa are frequently labeled incertae sedis when their placement is debated at ranks above the species level, such as their subgeneric, generic, or subtribal placement. This is a pervasive problem in groups with complex systematics due to difficulties in identifying suitable synapomorphies. In this study, we propose combining DNA barcodes with a multilocus backbone phylogeny in order to assign taxa to genus or other higher-level categories. This sampling strategy generates molecular matrices containing large amounts...
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